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Why are so many people at Whole Foods attractive

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Created August 15, 2012 at 5:26 AM

And are organic produce really better for us than non-organic (even if they're not the Dirty Dozen)?

This (biased) question may exactly not talk about "paleo", but it still talks about nutrition and health so I thought it might still be relevant.

I used to not care about pesticides or GMOs or such things, until I went to Whole Foods and saw how attractive the general customer population was. I was there with a friend, who also remarked how there were so many hot girls and women probably in their forty's who were still good looking (MILFs, apologies if that's an inappropriate term for here).

I know that other factors count to why WH customers are attractive. They may be exercising, and have the money to afford plastic surgeries and nice clothes. But, it still made me wonder about their diet. Is organic produce really better? I know that organic, well treated meat is better, but what about pesticide free and perhaps non-GMO produce? Are all the supplements and vitamins that the WH people buy really paying off? (some people think vitamins are hogwash)

The only place I've found other paleo foodists were at Whole Foods as well (they were fit and healthy too). By the way I also read this article, not sure how true it is though: http://naturalbias.com/7-major-reasons-to-go-organic/

I exercise and eat paleo already, but was thinking of switching to more organic produce + supplementing if it's worth it.

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on August 19, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I have met pimply, overweight (including obese), multiple-chinned cashiers/workers/managers at WF. Customers vary just as well. Some are in better shape because they are less likely to smoke, more likely to exercise/take supplements, and in general take better care of themselves.

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on August 16, 2012
at 10:33 AM

I don't hate on the people that go to walmart - it's the best they can afford with what they have, but walmart itself is an abomination that destroys every independent store in the area it moves in causing more poverty. More poor people tend to be fat because they're undernourished. :( We really need more polyface farms locally everywhere - then this blight of modern health destruction would go away.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on August 16, 2012
at 07:11 AM

Well, Chicago..

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on August 16, 2012
at 07:09 AM

Not sure about the vegans, they looked pretty 'dried up'. Yeah, TJ were more elderly.

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on August 16, 2012
at 02:28 AM

LOL Same with the WF near where I live. I'd love to work there so I could walk to work (& maybe a discount?) but I'm not the hipster type they typically hire. Plus I smile once in a while, which I believe might be a fireable offense... I've gone through a complete check out and the cashier never said a word to me, didn't return my greeting, nothing- just handed me my receipt and started ringing up the next person.

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on August 16, 2012
at 01:54 AM

WF employees are also very enthusiastic about what they sell.

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on August 15, 2012
at 09:53 PM

Thick-rimmed glasses are bi-curious? O_o

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on August 15, 2012
at 09:14 PM

+1, Diane. That was my first thought, too.

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on August 15, 2012
at 08:39 PM

We must shop at the same store.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on August 15, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Thanks, I guess I am on the right track.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on August 15, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Yeah, realized that Walmart has a lot of fat people, while I haven't been to Aldi or Save A Lot (I went in and they were more expensive than Kroger)

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:46 PM

ops, I made a mistake there. Yes, organic refers to pesticide treatment. However when I think "organic food supermarket" I think about "expensive supermarket". For that I mean the combination of rich soils (rotated, non overexploited), the vegetables are mostly localy produced and stored / shown to the public in a room with temperature and humidity controlled. I mean those fancy vegetables sections in a room not too cold but you still see a condensation cloud floating. Other supermarkets store the vegies refrigerated. That is what takes lots of nutrients away, much more than non-organic crops

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:36 PM

The general customer is also higher in income.

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:37 PM

WF is inside the box. I make it a point to go outside where people don't look and act so starchy....though I'll always go inside for good coffee....

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Well, my friend, then you need to think outside of the box that contains bars, clubs, and beaches ;)

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on August 15, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Depends what you mean with better. Health-wise that's usually true as shorter supply chain means fresher food. Environmentally it's not so cut and dry.

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on August 15, 2012
at 01:34 PM

No, there's no nutritional difference between organic and non-organic produce. Organic just refers to the pesticide treatments (of which non-organic is still very low in).

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on August 15, 2012
at 01:33 PM

If Krogers is bad, take a look at the discount grocery shoppers at Aldi and Save-A-Lot. Wow. The Walmartians aren't any better, and ironically they're not saving money by purchasing their groceries there either.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 15, 2012
at 01:32 PM

Yup, organic is a waste of money.

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on August 15, 2012
at 12:40 PM

The shorter the supply chain the better. I prefer getting fish from the guy that caught it without the shiny lights, perfect filleting and helpful staff at WF. Meat uber art.

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on August 15, 2012
at 12:08 PM

That is what I assumed. Also, why is organic food more nutrient dense? I heard that they're more nutritious because they're grown in better soil, while others say they're not. I don't know how to find scientific peer-reviewed articles on this. I am wondering if I should begin eating organic produce even though it's not part of the Dirty Dozen. For example, would organic broccoli have more nutrition than regular broccoli, though the latter doesn't have that much pesticide?

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on August 15, 2012
at 11:54 AM

Yeah, WH probably draws a lot of fit 'hotties' because people who seek healthy food probably come to WH. I know I do. farmer's market has fit people too, though the demographic seems to be older and 'down to earth'. The place with least healthiest looking people are at the 'regular' grocery stores IMO, such as Krogers, while fast food places have neither particularly attractive nor unattractive people.

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:35 AM

I've also seen overweight people and very irritated looking people with dry skin (maybe vegan?), doesn't detract from my point though. Compared to other places I go, WH is much more concentrated with lookers.

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:31 AM

Yeah, realized that universities has a lot of these type of folks too even though I doubt they all eat organic produce and vitamins. Maybe it's just youth and wealth?

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:29 AM

I don't see how this ruins my "theory" (what theory?)

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:28 AM

I was going to mention demographic as well, wealthier people who tend to care about their health are more likely to frequent such places. Alas I can't say for sure as I've never been to a Whole Foods because there isn't one here but there is a TJ's a number of small independent "hippy health food" stores and I have noticed the same thing. I will add that Like Gillius's response I have also noticed unhealthy folks at such places as well but the mind tends to recall the positive a little more strongly.

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03b67d2b8e9e878147cb3f225c864207

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:17 AM

I worked at Whole Foods for 1.5 years. As many good looking girls that there were, there were also a ton of fat, ugly, and unhealthy people ordering organic vegan sandwiches from me. There are attractive people everywhere in different parts of the world depending on the time of the day you happen to stroll by.

Sorry to ruin your theory.

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:29 AM

I don't see how this ruins my "theory" (what theory?)

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:02 AM

It's like when you go to a university campus and you just get that healthy, exuberant energy - frisbees flying, blankets spread on the grass, reading glasses and yoga pants galore! Mostly younger, wealthier folks who fall into a demographic where they have time to care about things like diet and exercise (not everyone, but mostly). I think there are lots of reasons, both for health of yourself and the environment, to switch to organic produce, but I wouldn't peg the good looks of a pretty darn lucky demographic as the reason.

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on August 15, 2012
at 06:28 AM

I was going to mention demographic as well, wealthier people who tend to care about their health are more likely to frequent such places. Alas I can't say for sure as I've never been to a Whole Foods because there isn't one here but there is a TJ's a number of small independent "hippy health food" stores and I have noticed the same thing. I will add that Like Gillius's response I have also noticed unhealthy folks at such places as well but the mind tends to recall the positive a little more strongly.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:35 AM

I've also seen overweight people and very irritated looking people with dry skin (maybe vegan?), doesn't detract from my point though. Compared to other places I go, WH is much more concentrated with lookers.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:31 AM

Yeah, realized that universities has a lot of these type of folks too even though I doubt they all eat organic produce and vitamins. Maybe it's just youth and wealth?

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on August 15, 2012
at 11:02 AM

You've got a self-limiting selection bias there. People who want to eat healthy care about their health, so they work out, carefully select their diet, and visit trendy market places like this one.

I'm very certain that you'll find just as many glowing beautiful people visiting Farmer's Markets where organic veggies and grassfed meat are sold, in exactly the same way.

Sure, there will be a small minority who don't fit that standard of beauty, but that's going to be the same sterotype/market segment.

I'm sure you'll find the inverse at low quality fast food joints where there's a very small amount of beautiful people who visit, and non-healthy non-beautiful people making up the middle of that bell-curve.

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on August 16, 2012
at 10:33 AM

I don't hate on the people that go to walmart - it's the best they can afford with what they have, but walmart itself is an abomination that destroys every independent store in the area it moves in causing more poverty. More poor people tend to be fat because they're undernourished. :( We really need more polyface farms locally everywhere - then this blight of modern health destruction would go away.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on August 15, 2012
at 11:54 AM

Yeah, WH probably draws a lot of fit 'hotties' because people who seek healthy food probably come to WH. I know I do. farmer's market has fit people too, though the demographic seems to be older and 'down to earth'. The place with least healthiest looking people are at the 'regular' grocery stores IMO, such as Krogers, while fast food places have neither particularly attractive nor unattractive people.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 15, 2012
at 01:33 PM

If Krogers is bad, take a look at the discount grocery shoppers at Aldi and Save-A-Lot. Wow. The Walmartians aren't any better, and ironically they're not saving money by purchasing their groceries there either.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on August 15, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Yeah, realized that Walmart has a lot of fat people, while I haven't been to Aldi or Save A Lot (I went in and they were more expensive than Kroger)

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on August 15, 2012
at 12:08 PM

Other people have addressed the reasons why Whole Food shoppers look better (generally more health conscious, exercise more, wealthier, etc). So I'm not going to touch on that.

Instead, I want to talk about whether organic is really better for you. A few months back I wondered about this also. So I looked at the studies comparing organic to conventionally grown food. Note that this post deals with organic produce - not organic meat or animal foods.

And despite what many websites tell you there's little to no difference in nutritional quality of organic vs. conventionally grown food. Organic might have more vitamin C, but the difference is quite small and has no practical implications.

As to pesticide exposure, levels on both organic and conventionally grown food are very small. Tens of times below safe exposure limits. Studies have been done on cumulative pesticide exposure and even those show little cause for concern. It' also false to say organic food is free from pesticides. Pesticide residues are detected even on organic foods. And just because it's natural pesticide doesn't mean it would be any less dangerous for you. That said, organic produce usually shows lower levels of pesticide.

As far as studies can show there's little difference in nutritional quality, pesticide exposure or health effects of organic vs. conventionally grown food.

Here's the link to the post where I cover this in detail: http://www.acneeinstein.com/is-organic-food-really-better-for-you/

As to profit and other arguments. They are moot because organic is massive business. The biggest agro companies are also the biggest produces of organic food. If you want healthy food, it's far better to get fresh produce from local farmer's market.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 15, 2012
at 01:32 PM

Yup, organic is a waste of money.

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on August 15, 2012
at 12:40 PM

The shorter the supply chain the better. I prefer getting fish from the guy that caught it without the shiny lights, perfect filleting and helpful staff at WF. Meat uber art.

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on August 15, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Depends what you mean with better. Health-wise that's usually true as shorter supply chain means fresher food. Environmentally it's not so cut and dry.

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on August 15, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Thanks, I guess I am on the right track.

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on August 15, 2012
at 01:16 PM

Nah I have seen MANY unhealthy people shopping in Organic stores buying vegan granola bars, desserts, breads gluten free, and organic soft drinks etc

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on August 15, 2012
at 11:18 AM

I believe that people buying at more expensive supermarkets are also wealthier.

How do you think you would look like after 10 years with the 3$ lunch soda/fries/burger vs the organic vegatables + grass fed beef steak.

chemical free food, more fresh, more nutrient dense is usually more expensive. People with higher income can afford that, a fitness studio, their own trainer, better doctors, better skin care, spas, better clothes, a baby sitter or cleaning lady so you gain some extra time for some extra sport...

now, I am not saying that everyone with money is doing that. I am saying that with a high income you "could" do that or it would be just easier. Overall people who do not have to struggle every single day to reach the end of the month, do have time to care about their own bodies.

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on August 15, 2012
at 12:08 PM

That is what I assumed. Also, why is organic food more nutrient dense? I heard that they're more nutritious because they're grown in better soil, while others say they're not. I don't know how to find scientific peer-reviewed articles on this. I am wondering if I should begin eating organic produce even though it's not part of the Dirty Dozen. For example, would organic broccoli have more nutrition than regular broccoli, though the latter doesn't have that much pesticide?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 15, 2012
at 01:34 PM

No, there's no nutritional difference between organic and non-organic produce. Organic just refers to the pesticide treatments (of which non-organic is still very low in).

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:46 PM

ops, I made a mistake there. Yes, organic refers to pesticide treatment. However when I think "organic food supermarket" I think about "expensive supermarket". For that I mean the combination of rich soils (rotated, non overexploited), the vegetables are mostly localy produced and stored / shown to the public in a room with temperature and humidity controlled. I mean those fancy vegetables sections in a room not too cold but you still see a condensation cloud floating. Other supermarkets store the vegies refrigerated. That is what takes lots of nutrients away, much more than non-organic crops

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:41 PM

Not in my Whole Foods dude. Just a bunch of weirdos. (I use that term endearingly) :-)

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on August 15, 2012
at 08:39 PM

We must shop at the same store.

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:14 PM

It could have something to do with the location; perhaps it was in a fashionable part of town? Also, women who shop at WF are likely more health concious than the general population, so they likely also exercise, take care of their skin, etc. Probably also dress better.

But not all foods at WF are organic, in fact the majority are not, and nor are they all healthy. It's probably just not eating processed foods as much, and in conjunction with the other things, leads to better health. Healthy looking women are more attractive than sickly, out of shape (either skinny or obese) ones.

Personally, my apartment is 2 blocks from a WF, and I go there about everyday and would agree that it's rather easy to bump into attractive 40 year old women (MILFs,.as you say), but it's not inevitable- sometimes you end up running into attractive 20-something year old women :) In all seriousness though, you're going to likely find equally attractive women on the tennis court, at a charity run, in yoga or spinning class, or at the country club. These places are where health/beauty concious, active people are generally found.

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on August 15, 2012
at 01:08 PM

They're Rich. They call it whole paycheck for a reason.

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on August 15, 2012
at 12:35 PM

@paleomofo how old are you? I've never really noticed what people look like in any grocery store. Whole Foods is a good source of moocher snacks, occasional pieces of cheese, and ideas for something that might taste good if I can find it for half the price. I've never thought of grocery shopping as Baywatch Live.

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:37 PM

WF is inside the box. I make it a point to go outside where people don't look and act so starchy....though I'll always go inside for good coffee....

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Well, my friend, then you need to think outside of the box that contains bars, clubs, and beaches ;)

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on August 15, 2012
at 09:16 PM

Unfortunately my Whole Foods location (Chicago-South Loop) does not have any better looking individuals than any other grocery store around here. I see a lot of "wheat belly" pale/anemic looking people who generally shop there for vegan items and for extreme leftist political reasons. The best part is the extremely eccentric freakish looking people who actually work there, apparently you must have those plastic disk hoops that stretch your ear lobes, massive amount of tattoos, skinny jeans, bi-curious looking thick rimmed glasses and be loosely affiliated with the "occupy wall street" movement in order to work there. They refer to themselves as non conformist yet they all look the same, but I digress. All of the hot chicks are at the Target down the street, but I still buy my meat at WF.

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on August 16, 2012
at 01:54 AM

WF employees are also very enthusiastic about what they sell.

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on August 15, 2012
at 09:53 PM

Thick-rimmed glasses are bi-curious? O_o

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on August 16, 2012
at 07:11 AM

Well, Chicago..

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on August 16, 2012
at 02:28 AM

LOL Same with the WF near where I live. I'd love to work there so I could walk to work (& maybe a discount?) but I'm not the hipster type they typically hire. Plus I smile once in a while, which I believe might be a fireable offense... I've gone through a complete check out and the cashier never said a word to me, didn't return my greeting, nothing- just handed me my receipt and started ringing up the next person.

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on August 15, 2012
at 08:53 PM

Having only been to Whole Foods (and Trader Joes) once, I can only offer a similar observation. Whole Foods folks were younger and healthier looking (even the deluded fools buying vegan TV dinners). Trader Joes folks were all elderly and rather chubby.

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on August 16, 2012
at 07:09 AM

Not sure about the vegans, they looked pretty 'dried up'. Yeah, TJ were more elderly.

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on August 15, 2012
at 08:13 PM

The Whole Foods closest to where I live is in a very fashionable part of town. I agree there are a lot of attractive people shopping at WF, but I also think there are a lot of very attractive people in my city in general. I always feel really out of place there; I have lost quite a bit of weight being paleo but I'm still pretty fat. I quit shopping at WF because it seemed more of a '$ee and be $een' trend-a-torium than a supermarket. I've seen many of the same brands at other stores for way less $$$. Maybe when I reach supermodel proportions (and paychecks) I will go back ;-) but right now I'm happy to go to Costco, Sunflower Market and HEB. :-)

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